Slit lamp features five-step magnification

April 1, 2015

With the availability of a new slit lamp (Xcel 455, Reichert Technologies) also comes the ability for clinicians to switch easily to higher magnifications-further improving diagnosis and treatment-in a cost-effective instrument.

 

By Nancy Groves

Depew, NY-With the availability of a new slit lamp (Xcel 455, Reichert Technologies) also comes the ability for clinicians to switch easily to higher magnifications-further improving diagnosis and treatment-in a cost-effective instrument.

The device, which was engineered to offer a high-quality user experience at a value, features a traditional tower illumination design and five-step magnification, according to the company.

The magnification ratios are 6.5X, 10X, 16X, 25X, and 40X, a range typically only found on higher-priced slit lamps, said Joel Kozlowski, senior product manager of lane and refraction, Reichert Technologies.

The lenses have high-efficiency, multilayer optical coatings for bright, even resolution and clear image resolution, according to Kozlowski. The device also features excellent stereo binocular view due to a large field of view with high resolution and depth of focus. The eyepieces provide 12.5X magnification.

Combined with the five-step magnification changer and red-free, heat-absorbing, cobalt blue, and natural density filters, the slit lamp provides flexibility in viewing ocular structures. The lamp has a slit inclination up to 20° to permit examination of the oblique sections. An easy-to-navigate joystick controls base and slit elevations.